Milwaukee & Waukesha Theft Charge Criminal Defense Attorneys

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The jury instructions provide that in Wisconsin, a person charged with theft may be convicted if:
  • ​The defendant intentionally took and carried away, or used, or transferred, or concealed, or retained possession of movable property of another.
  • The owner of the property did not consent to taking and carrying away, or using, or transferring, or concealing, or retaining possession of the property.
  • The defendant knew that the owner did not consent.
  • The defendant intended to deprive the owner permanently of the possession of the property.
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Wisconsin Statute 943.20 defines theft, cited in part below, as follows:

Whoever intentionally takes and carries away, uses, transfers, conceals, or retains possession of movable property of another without the other's consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of possession of such property.
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Waukesha and Milwaukee Theft Defense Lawyers in Wisconsin
Misdemeanor and felony theft offenses in Wisconsin are serious crimes that subjects you to serious consequences. Identity theft, burglary, robbery, embezzlement and fraud are all felony theft offenses.  It is also a felony to permanently take or keep any movable property from another person that is valued at over $2,500.  Retail theft (shoplifting), and petty theft of items valued no more than $2,500 are misdemeanor theft offenses.  If you are criminally charged in Milwaukee, Waukesha, elsewhere in SE WI with a theft crime for stealing, you need tough representation.  The criminal defense lawyers in Milwaukee and Waukesha, WI at Gamiño Law Offices have experience in various kinds of stealing offenses, including misdemeanor and felony theft crimes.  

It is our mission to be the best Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and the area - we guard you, your rights, your reputation, your job, your future, and your freedom!  If you have been arrested or charged with stealing in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere in Southeastern Wisconsin, call us right away.  Any time you are under investigation in Wisconsin for a theft or other criminal offense, tell police officers that you wish to speak with an attorney immediately. Early intervention by an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer makes all the difference in the outcome of a criminal case in Wisconsin.

Not all criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin have the trial skills and ability to present a compelling case in court or negotiate a favorable plea agreement. At Gamiño Law Offices, our team of accomplished criminal trial and appellate attorneys have an impressive record of winning litigation skills, from pretrial motions to court or jury trials, and appeals. With more than 30 years of combined experience, we have the competent skill and aggressive ability necessary to get the results you need.
Wisconsin Theft Charges
Possible sentencing consequences when charged with theft in Milwaukee, Waukesha or elsewhere in Wisconsin

If convicted of theft in Wisconsin, the penalties depend on the type of property, where it was stolen from, when it was taken, or the value of the stolen property.
  • If the value of the property does not exceed $2,500, the theft is a Class A Misdemeanor.
  • If the stolen property had a value of $2,501 - $5,000, the theft is a Class I Felony.
  • If the stolen property had a value of $5,001 - $10,000, the theft is a Class H Felony.
  • If the stolen property had a value of $10,000 or more, the theft is a Class G Felony.
  • If the stolen property was a domestic animal or a firearm, the theft is a Class H Felony.
  • If the property was stolen from the person of another, from a corpse, from a patient or resident of a certain facilities or a vulnerable adult, or from a building which had been destroyed or left unoccupied because of physical disaster, riot, bombing, or the proximity of battle, the theft is a Class H Felony.
  • If the property was stolen after a physical disaster, riot, bombing or the proximity of battle had necessitated its removal from the building, the theft is a Class H Felony.

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